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Turkey has played a major role in the Mediterranean world and due to its strategic location between two continents it has been a crucial staging post on the trade routes between East and West. This tour combines the striking architecture of the Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque in Istanbul with the natural wonders of Pamukkale and the remarkable classical sites of Aphrodisias and Ephesus.
International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
UK departure and overseas airport taxes
Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
Stay in 5-star hotels in Istanbul, Izmir and Kusadasi
View Istanbul’s Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace
Tour the ancient Roman city of Ephesus
Included visits to the travertine terraces of Pamukkale and Troy
Small group size – maximum 26 people
Day 1 - To Istanbul
Fly from London Heathrow to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines. Transfer to the Best Western Senator Hotel Istanbul for 2 nights.
Day 2 - Istanbul
Morning tour of Istanbul including Hagia Sofia, built as a church by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century, the Blue Mosque with its exquisite blue tiles, and the Hippodrome. Afternoon tour to Topkapi Palace and the Underground Cistern. Meals Included: Breakfast.
Day 3 - To Canakkale
Morning drive to Canakkale. Tour of the Gallipoli battlefield, scene of the aborted Allied invasion of 1915. Visit Cape Helles, Suvla Bay and Anzac Cove. Stay at the Kolin Hotel for 1 night. Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner.
Day 4 - To Izmir
Depart from Canakkale and drive to Izmir stopping en route to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Troy. Continue to Pergamon for a tour of the historic town, including visits to the Acropolis, the Asclepion and the Red Basilica. Transfer to the Izmir Movenpick for 1 night. Meals Included: Breakfast.
Day 5 - To Pamukkale
Morning drive to the ruins of Hierapolis and the travertines of precipitated calcium at Pamukkale. Continue to Laodicea, where the ruins of one of the seven biblical churches of Asia remain. Stay overnight at the Spa Hotel ColossÅ Thermal in Pamukkale. Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner.
Day 6 - To Aphrodisias & Kusadasi
Drive to Aphrodisias, one of the most beautiful classical sites in Turkey. See the Temple of Aphrodite and the complete stadium to have survived from the ancient world. Continue to Kusadasi and stay 2 nights at the Charisma Hotel (April and October) or the LaVista Boutique Hotel & Spa (May to September). Meals Included: Breakfast.
Day 7 - Ephesus
Half day tour of Ephesus, once the main city of the Roman province of Asia. See one of the original Seven Wonders of the World, the Temple of Artemis, as well as the main site. Afternoon optional visit to the hillside town of Priene and the ancient Ionian ports of the Menderes Valley. Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch.
Day 8 - To London
Late morning transfer to Izmir for a flight to London Heathrow, via Istanbul, with Turkish Airlines. Meals Included: Breakfast.
DoubleTree by Hilton Kusadasi, Kusadasi
Hilton Izmir Hotel
Kolin Hotel, Canakkale
Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal, Pamukkale
Wyndham Istanbul Old City, Istanbul
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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